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Jean-Claude Juncker

May tries to reassure EU as UK seeks trade pacts alone

Prime Minister Theresa May signaled Friday that Britain is paving the way for trade talks with other countries well before it leaves the European Union but sought to reassure partners that this would not undermine the bloc's trade aims.

Facing EU leaders for the first time since she came to power on the back of the June U.K. vote to leave the bloc, May said she wants a smooth and cooperative relationship with her partners as the country heads out the exit door, probably in 2019.

Her conciliatory tone was in sharp contrast to the sometimes bitter rhetoric sparked by Britain's departure — the first time an EU member has ever left the bloc — including threats of a...